NBA Playoffs 2011: Who on the Dallas Mavericks Will Guard Russell Westbrook?

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NBA Playoffs 2011: Who on the Dallas Mavericks Will Guard Russell Westbrook?
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The Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder are set to take each other on in the Western Conference Finals which begin Tuesday.

There are a lot of difficult matchups for both teams.  How will the Mavericks try to slow down Kevin Durant?  Can anyone guard Dirk?  Can the Thunder match the firepower on the Mavs bench?

Perhaps the most difficult matchup is Russell Westbrook.  

He's taken a lot of criticism for shooting the ball a lot this postseason, but no one can argue that his speed and explosiveness didn't cause major headaches for the Nuggets and Grizzlies.

It will be very difficult for Dallas to neutralize that speed with the guards on their roster.  

This list will list five players who could be matched up with Westbrook during this series—the order is based on potential effectiveness...

 

You can follow Andy Bailey on Twitter  @_Andy_Bailey

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